By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 14, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Members of the Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol are gearing up to help with Hurricane Irma disaster response.
The Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization that works under the U.S. Air Force to provide emergency response, including aviation and ground services.
Four Civil Air Patrol volunteers took off from Tallahassee International Airport on Thursday. The group is heading to Charlotte County and awaiting further orders from there.
The volunteers will work with FEMA by delivering supplies or providing aerial photos.
Major Gary Stalnaker is piloting one of the single-engine planes headed for Charlotte County.
"We do a lot of photo reconnaissance, where we'll take a look at an area that is flooding or is about to be flooding, and we send that information to the state EOC or the county EOC, and that gives them the information to be able to deploy resources where it's needed," said Stalnaker.
The Civil Air Patrol will use the Florida Wing for Irma recovery missions as long as needed by FEMA or the Air Force.